First Pisan presentation of Athos Bigongiali and Oreste Verini’s new book at Giardino la Nunciatina

First Pisan presentation of Athos Bigongiali and Oreste Verini's new book at Giardino la Nunciatina

Thursday, July 14 at 6:00 p.min the garden NunciatinaThe first Pisan presentation of the latter literary work Athos Bigongiali and Orestes Verini, “Call me Marconi. Tales of the Sea” (ETS Editions). The authors will be accompanied by Fabrizio Francischini, Professor of the History of Italian Language, University of Pisa, and Alessandro Agostinelli, writer and director of the Travel Festival. The book’s editor, Biancamaria Majorana, led the way.

“The sea is the appointed place of travel. It has been so since ancient times and remains so, there is no heaven or earth to compare: the original, classic journey is by sea ยป.

Starting with this statement, opens the new book written by Athos Bigongiali and Oreste Verini for Edzioni ETS, which inaugurated the publishing house’s new series, Gunga Din. Franco Cardini E Alessandro AgostinelliDedicated to the theme of travel.

The book, which was available in bookstores a few days ago, is a collection of sea stories about the incredible adventures experienced by Renzo, a sailor named Il Marconi, who left the Garfagnana mountains between the 60s and the centuries. 90 years, can almost be defined as “mythical” from our present feeling.

Singapore, Patagonia, India, Canada, the Amazon, and the Caribbean Sea become the backdrop for hunts, ambushes, storms, and shipwrecks, interwoven with fights, ghost stories, apparitions, encounters with indigenous peoples, and the exploits of mythical heroes.

True stories, no matter how unreal and magnified by word of mouth, are all true because, as the radio operator who left the Apennines to see the world says at the end of the book, “Sailors never lie.”

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The evening will continue with a marine theme on the notes of the piano Maura Balsini, live every Thursday in the summer of La Nunziatina garden. His music has accompanied Mediterranean cruises for years.

Athos Bigongiali, the writer, makes his narrative debut with Una Cita Proletaria (Cellerio, 1989), from which a theatrical performance is also based. He is the author of several books including Warnings Against Earth Disease (1990), Irish Vigil (1992), RL Stevenson Dr. A Letter to Hyde (1994) was also published. Among his many publications are Le Ceneri del Che (1996), Ballad for a Hot Summer (1998), and Once Upon a Time in Pisa. An Illustrated Story (2000), The Clown (2006) and Steve McQueen’s Last Escape (2009). Author of ten radio plays for RAI, Athos Bigongiali has contributed to the cultural pages of various newspapers and magazines and is a jury member of various literary awards.

Orestes Verini, graduated in economics and commerce from the University of Pisa, where he teaches, and has been living in Lunigiana for some time, often moving to Garfagnana. In 2019 he published for Fusta Editore Madrid, following in the footsteps of the painter Pietro da Talada, with the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, and in 2021 he won the National Prize of Franco Piccinelli. He is the co-author of the radio program Pasi Pace Parole – Naracioni a Mesacosta, dedicated to the problems of the hinterland and mountain areas.


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